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Palazzo Pioda / Inches Geleta Architetti

  • 02:00 - 16 March, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Palazzo Pioda / Inches Geleta Architetti
Palazzo Pioda / Inches Geleta Architetti, © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz + 17

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

Text description provided by the architects. In the urban topography of Locarno one can see the original Città Vecchia (historical centre), the Quartiere Nuovo (towards the lake) and the district of Campagna (towards Solduno).

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
via Inches Geleta Architetti
via Inches Geleta Architetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

The Palazzo Pioda stands in this last section, an originally agricultural area that is now used for residential, commercial, service and production activities – in other words, a mixed-use neighbourhood. The building density parameters are higher here than anywhere else in Locarno, which shows the desire to give the neighbourhood a new urbanity.

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

Boundary distances and building laws determine the volume of the building. Extending over six storeys, the palazzo houses one apartment per floor and is a hybrid construction. On the one hand, it shows its dignity and urban integrity by turning the load-bearing structure outwards, thus determining the façade, while on the other hand, the prefabricated façade elements made of perforated sheet metal do not negate the semi-industrial and handcrafted character of the place.

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

The architecture of the Palazzo Pioda responds to the dynamics of its setting by recalling the integrity of a modernist expression and thus creates a dialogue with the old «Tendenza» masters from the Ticino region.

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

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Cite: "Palazzo Pioda / Inches Geleta Architetti" 16 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/912992/palazzo-pioda-inches-geleta-architetti/> ISSN 0719-8884

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